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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 20, 2009 3:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: last waltz

as a follow up to the van the man post, does anyone know of an official explanation as to why "Don't Do It " was left off the soundtrack? Fantastic tune.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Nov 20, 2009 3:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

Everything I've ever read regarding The Last Waltz always mentions what a cluster f*** the whole affair was. The biggest issue being whether Dylan was going to allow himself filmed or not. Maybe that had something to do w/ it.Or maybe the fact they had to spend so much money edditing out the very large chunk of coke wedged up Neil Young's nose they ran out of funds to include one of my favorite tunes.
I dont have the anwser you need, The Band being the centerpeice of the concert you would have thought they would have realeased the song on the soundtrack.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Nov 20, 2009 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

The original soundtrack isn't even the whole show, and is slightly out of the original order the songs were played.

The whole show was remastered and released as a 4 disc box.

It includes everything. The stuff they recorded on the sound stage, and some rehearsal stuff.

Be sure to check out Jam #1 and #2 with Ronnie Wood and Ringo sitting in.



This post was modified by clashcity on 2009-11-21 01:12:06

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Nov 20, 2009 9:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

Your question about "Don't Do It" being left off the Last Waltz soundtrack made me check Levon Helm's book "This Wheel's On Fire" and see what Levon said. He wrote that after The Band's set Ringo,Carl Radle Neil Young, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko Eric Clapton and Ronnie Wood jammed about a half an hour. After all that the Band came back out and played their last song, "Don't Do It". They might have been drained and the song didn't make the cut The film was running though, and they sound pretty tired. Who knows?.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_csn7KtVeOU&;feature=related

On another note, Levon's book has an interview with John Simon, The Band's producer in which he says this about the soundtrack album:

"I'm pretty sure that Levon is the only honest live element in The Last Waltz, with the exception of Muddy Water's vocal. Everything else was overdubbed and redone."
"Robbie was right in that there were some good reasons for overdubbing the whole thing. Richard wasn't singing well. Rick's bass was out of tune, and Robbie wanted to improve his guitar solos. Also, the horns were recorded completely out of balance and had to be redone in New York with arrangements that Henry Glover and I put together. The great thing is that Levon didn't need to do it over. He got it right the first time, and those were the drum tracks used in the final mix. I don't think Levon even knew that any overdubbing was taking place."

About the movie "The Last Waltz" Levon writes:

"I took Ronnie Hawkins with me to a screening of "The Last Waltz" just before it's official release. All The Band was there, plus family, friends, people who'd worked on the project. For two hours we watched as the camera focused almost exclusively on Robbie Robertson, long and loving close-ups of his heavily made-up face and expensive haircut... the muscles on his neck stood out like cords when he sang so powerfully into his switched-off microphone. Hawk kept nudging me and laughing at this Halfway through he whispered, "Was Richard still in the group when we did this?"
"Sixteen years on the road, and the numbers start to scare you," Robertson told Scorsese, his hooded eyes rimmed with kohl. "I couldn't live with twenty years on the road. I couldn't even discuss it."
"The world-weary angst with which these and other lines were delivered were making Ronnie laugh. Hell, he'd been on the road twenty years and it hadn't killed him. I'd nudge Ronnie to make him stop, and then Robertson would come out with something like, "Yeah the road has taken many of the great ones: Hank Williams, Otis, Jimi, Janis, Elvis. It's a goddamn impossible way of life. "The Hawk howled at that one."
Silence in the screening room.."
"The lights came up. I lit a cigarette and looked at Hawk, who pounded me on the back and loudly exclaimed, so everyone could hear: "Hey son, don't look so glum. The goddamn movie'd be awright if it only had a few more shots of Robbie! Haw haw haw haw haw!!"

The book "This Wheel's On Fire. Levon Helm And The Story Of The Band" by Levon Helm is a book I highly recommend to any fans of The Band, or anyone interested in the gripping story of a band of rock-a-billy, gut bucket musicians who scrabbled their way through life, played every dive and club, and caught a few big breaks along the way, and became the incredible band of musicians and writers that they became.
For my listening pleasure, if you like The Band live, check out the "Rock Of Ages" album. I like The Last Waltz, but the studio albums and the Live "Rock Of Ages" are the music to check out.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-11-21 05:11:24

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Nov 21, 2009 5:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

Great info as always SkyDawg!!
I just put the book on hold at the local library, so will be checking it out sometime in the next few days. Thanks for the tip.

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Nov 21, 2009 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

Skydawg is right, great book.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 20, 2009 10:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

Some good Dylan and Band shows on wolfgang's

http://tinyurl.com/y8c4ebq

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Poster: deyzof49 Date: Nov 21, 2009 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

I watched the 30 January show at the Garden and listened to the shows you mentioned. Wolfgang has a nice Jerry concert too playing at French's Camp. Lovely.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 22, 2009 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: last waltz

Thx for this. Good stuff

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